Oktoberfest is the world's most famous beer festival. It started in Munich, Germany, in 1810 and has since spread across the globe. People from all over the world come together to celebrate Bavarian culture and tradition by lifting steins of delicious German beer, dancing to traditional music played by an accordion player, and enjoying a wide variety of food that goes perfectly with beer! If you're planning an Oktoberfest party for your friends or family members (or both), here are some helpful tips on how to make it stand out from other parties:
Set the Right Tone
The most important thing is to set the right tone. As you plan your Oktoberfest party, remember that this is a celebration of German culture and heritage. Therefore, the tone should be fun, relaxed, and casual. It shouldn't be stuffy or overly formal—but certain things are expected at an Oktoberfest party: guests will expect beer steins on tables, authentic German food (sauerbraten and wurst), lederhosen or dirndls for men/women respectively, polka music playing in the background...
Remember that your guests may not have ever participated in an authentic German festival before; some might not even fully understand what it means to celebrate Oktoberfest! Therefore it's essential to set a tone that's appropriate for both them as well as yourself. If your friends don't know much about German culture but want to learn more about it, then maybe consider having some educational material available at each place setting so they can read up while they wait for their meal (or just eat!).
History of the Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is an event celebrating Bavarian culture and tradition rooted in the land's beauty. It is held in Munich, Germany, during September. The festival started in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Over time, it has become one of the biggest beer festivals in the world.
You can host your own Oktoberfest party by following these simple steps:
Impress Your Guests With Oktoberfest Table Decor
Oktoberfest party supplies are the perfect way to get your guests in the festival's spirit.
Disposable drinkware is a great way to add style to your table and ensure everyone has what they need. Disposable drinkware will be easy on your wallet but big on style! For example, plastic beer cups are great for serving beer and soda pop at your Oktoberfest party—just make sure everyone uses their own cup!
As far as disposable beer cups go, we recommend going with something in the 16-ounce range—that way, you'll have a few options for everyone who comes over. Finally, disposable plastic beer glasses are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to drink from an Oktoberfest-themed glass but doesn't want to risk breaking it.
Oktoberfest Party Decoration
Oktoberfest is a party, and the decorations should reflect that. You want to evoke a sense of fun, community, and comfort. So the decorations should be colorful and vibrant. They should be simple but eye-catching. Natural or rustic elements are always good choices because they're authentic to the event's culture.
Balloons are easy to set up. You can use them to create a focal point for your party, or even better, use them to create a theme or color scheme for your party. You can also just pop balloons and then save them in a box until next time! It's up to you what you do with them once they've been popped!
A good choice for this is a banner that says "Prost!" (which means "cheers" in German). Prost! can be used as a toast, salute, or way to say goodbye. It is often used when you want to give someone a special greeting on their birthday, anniversary, or another special event.
You can also use steins in your decor! For example, use them as centerpieces or add some flowers to create an eye-catching look. In addition, steins are great for serving drinks, and if you have a party with a large number of guests, it may be helpful to have everyone bring their own steins so that you don't have to worry about running out of mugs.
Games and Entertainment
You'll want to add fun games and entertainment to make your party stand out. For example, you might have a beer tasting stand where guests can try different beers and vote on their favorites, or you could organize a game that involves throwing the giant pretzels from your table.
One thing's for sure: if you're going to throw an Oktoberfest party and not include these things, then you're doing it wrong!
Hire a Live Band
Having a live band playing music from around the world will give your guests something to do while enjoying their food and drinks!
The band could be playing in the background, or they could play on stage so that everyone can watch them. The main thing is to choose music that fits well with the theme of your party.
Hire an Accordion Player
When you're choosing entertainment, keep in mind that there are a lot of different options. You can even hire an accordion player for those who want to dance through dinner time! Or, if you don't have the space or budget for that, consider renting one from your local music store or buying one online. Or, if you have some musical talent and want to take it up as a hobby, learning how to play the accordion can be a great way to bond with friends over some old-fashioned German fun.
Prepare Everything in Advance
To throw an Oktoberfest party, you'll want to ensure everything is ready. Make sure your food and drink are ready and have enough. You'll also want to be mentally prepared for guests arriving; they should show up on time and not be too late or too early. Also, ensure that the venue will be comfortable for everyone coming—this is important because if people aren't comfortable at a party where they're supposed to relax and enjoy themselves, then it isn't going very well! Finally, remember how much space each guest will take up when planning your event: don't invite too many people unless you have plenty of room!
To ensure that your party goes smoothly and everyone has a good time, you should make sure to have the following:
- A backup plan in case of rain. You do not want guests to show up and be disappointed if your party is canceled due to the weather!
- Enough food and drink for everyone. You don't want strangers showing up at your house hungry or thirsty!
- Enough bathroom facilities. If you have several guests over, chances are they'll eventually need access to the toilet during their time at your home.
- A good sound system with speakers is placed throughout the venue so everyone can clearly hear what's happening around them without shouting across tables all night."
We hope you enjoyed reading our guide on throwing an Oktoberfest party! We encourage you to try some of these ideas if you're excited about the upcoming event. We think they'll make your party stand out among others and help it feel more personal!